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Serena Stalker Arrested....AGAIN

Alleged stalker of Serena Williams arrested at U.S. Open
By LARRY McSHANE
Associated Press Writer
August 31, 2002


NEW YORK (AP) -- Just weeks after his arrest for scuffling with police at Wimbledon, a German man was arrested again Saturday at the U.S. Open and charged with stalking top-seeded player Serena Williams.

Albrecht Stromeyer, 34, was taken into custody after a police officer spotted him watching Williams through a fence at the U.S. Tennis Center, said police spokesman Detective Louis Camacho.

Stromeyer, who lives with his parents in Frankfurt, was charged with stalking the tennis star, Camacho said. Authorities said he had been following Williams around the world since June 2001.

According to Camacho, Officer Michael Esposito recognized Stromeyer on Friday afternoon from a photo given to police by Williams' manager. Esposito took the suspect to the U.S. Tennis Association security officer, where Stromeyer's identity was confirmed.

He was arrested and charged shortly after midnight.

While Stromeyer was in custody Friday, Serena Williams moved into the fourth round of the Open by easily defeating No. 26 Nathalie Dechy 6-1, 6-1.

Williams practiced on Saturday morning, but apparently left the grounds before Stromeyer's arrest became public. She was not scheduled to play Saturday.

Stromeyer has followed Williams to tournaments in Germany, Italy, Britain and France, authorities said. He was arrested July 3 outside the gates of Wimbledon after an altercation with police.

After his arrest, Stromeyer told police, ``I don't hate (Serena Williams). I love her. I will never hurt her.''

During the Italian Open in May, police stopped Stromeyer and ordered him out of the country after receiving word of the suspect's history of allegedly harassing Williams.

Two months earlier, Stromeyer walked into an Arizona hotel-resort where Williams was playing and asked to see her. When he was turned down, Stromeyer began undressing in front of the desk clerk.

He was charged with disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.

Williams' mother, Oracene, has also reported seeing Stromeyer at a Berlin tournament in May and at the French Open in June.
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Poor Serena

It seems the cat suit outfit called more the attention of this guy

He's persistent


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He's a sick freak who needs to leave her the hell alone!
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Well, at least the security seems to be working. It would totally creep me out to know someone like this was "in love" with me. What is he doing still free, and how did he get into the US?
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I think American authorities will deal with The Stalker more harshly, and perhaps keep him in custody until after the Open. Or at least I pray they do.
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I'd love to agree, except, why was he released after undressing at the front desk in Arizona? That seems worthy of a lock up and psyche evaluation.

How long was that guy harassing Hingis before he was tried and convicted? 3 years? Maybe somebody has a stop watch on Stromeyer.

And Becool - that comment about Serena's outfit was totally off base. It doesn't matter what you're wearing if you have a nutcase on your trail.
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Where does he get all his money? I wish I could afford to the follow the tennis tour stalking people!

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just gotta wait to see which poster goes missing for a few days

seriously though..... ugh

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Where does he get all his money? I wish I could afford to the follow the tennis tour stalking people!
According to one account I read, his parents are wealthy. I certainly hope they are not funding his misadventures around the world. Also his mom is a shrink.
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I was also wondering how the hell he got all the money to be traveling so much. Although I like the Williams sisters, I would never follow them around or anything that would be called stalking. I think they should ban this freak from traveling and taking away his passport..

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I agree the authorities don't take stalking nearly seriously enough. Because of the heightened security awareness in NYC due to 9/11, I doubt if this wack job sees the light of day until after Serena is long gone. I wonder if this guy got wind of the fact that Venus said her dad would "probably take him to lunch" if he met him?
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Too bad nothing happens to a pervert stalker until he does something "really bad" like actually killing someone. The guy is an obviously not stable...stalking a person around the world. He should be locked up.

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But there are a lot of unstable people ! And a lot of the girls out there has had their stalker ! Steffi had a few !

You're right. But you can not lock someone under the pretext he MIGHT do something, that's the point. Because unless he does it really, you can not be sure he will ! So .... all they can do is just doing their best keeping him away. That's justice, that's law.

Something has to be wrong anyhow if he's 34 and still living with his parents. He can be making a lot of money and saving everyhting. Imagine even yourself, earning for example $40000 a year, and saving everything during 10 years what YOU, today, pay for rent, electricity, water, heating, food, bills ..... believe me, you will have in the end a great deal of money !!!!! Well, most of you may be too young to have a job and an appartment, but just pay a look to what your parents pay, and imagine you've got a decnt job and you stay with them .... you think I'm exagerating ? I don't think so. "Children" stay longer and longer with mum and pa nowadays and most of the because of money ...

So maybe his parents should have him followed by a doctor/shrink. But since he's an "adult", he has to be willing to go and he has to be conscious something is wrong. Obviously he's not. Like the guy in England who abducted and raped those little girls.

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